The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and active ally MBAs in full-time programs. Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.
This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.
35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.
MEET CHELSEA JONES (University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business)
I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, but Austin has been home for about nine years. I was a Radio-Television-Film major at The University of Texas, and after spending a summer in Los Angeles as a production intern on CBS Paramount’s since-cancelled Medium starring Patricia Arquette, I moved backed to Austin to work as a producer for the Austin-based creative content company Arts+Labor. Prior to starting business school, I spent almost five years managing internal and external communications, information management, and legal support for an energy management firm. I also run my own freelance editing and design business, creating and refining content for individual, small-business, and non-profit clients. Outside of work, I spend my time reading the news and books about psychology and linguistics, watching TV on Netflix, trying new restaurants with my parter Marty, and playing with our two giant dogs. Marty and I just finished fully remodeling a house a quarter-mile from Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, so we are also enjoying fishing and relaxing on the water. I am an avid volunteer for the Austin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where I teach a free, 12-week, designated evidenced-based education course for family members of individuals with mental illness. I am an only child and a night-owl, and I love live music, storytelling, and technology.
What made you consider business school?
Given my creative and writing-intensive background, I am going back to business school in order to build a stronger foundation in finance, accounting, and economics to supplement my experience in communications. I hope to apply those skills, innate and acquired, to consumer-focused positions in marketing.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I love academics, and a postgraduate education has always been an important ambition of mine, but I am most excited about joining a network of highly-accomplished and mission-driven individuals–like the other ROMBA Fellows and members–who are committed not only to personal achievement but to making business better at large.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBT community, in society) that most inspire you?
Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Cecile Richards, Lena Dunham, Rachel Maddow, Tim Cook, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Anita Sarkeesian.
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am an outgoing introvert. While I love meeting new people, deep discussions, and public speaking, group settings are tiring, and I need time alone to recharge.